Definition of baleful adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

baleful

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈbeɪlfl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbeɪlfl//
 
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threatening to do something evil or to hurt somebody a baleful look/influence Word Origin Old English bealufull (from archaic bale ‘evil as a destructive force’ + -ful).
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